Black Dog Newsletter February 21 – 27 “Psst..Hey Buddy Want to Buy…Edition!”

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So I don’t know if anyone is interested but when we buy DVDs and Blu Rays for the shop, many come with Digital Codes. We don’t have much use for them but I imagine there are folks out there who might. We can sell them to anyone at a very good price. Hit us up.

Big thanks to everyone that came out and scooped up some great DVDs at our big sale last week. It was a much needed shot in the arm for Black Dog. I trust everyone went away happy. We still have lots of things left and we’ll be putting them out for sale at both locations as space permits.

New Releases!

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Coco – Latest masterpiece from Pixar finds a sad little fellow, who’s folks have banned music in his house for some reason, entering the land of the dead to seek out his guitar whiz grandfather. Or something like that. (At Cambie, soon to Commercial)

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Darkest Hour – Hey, it’s been at least a few months since we had a movie about Winston Churchill, so here’s another one! This time it’s the amazing Gary Oldman stepping into the crusty shoes of old Copperknob as Britain enters WWII. (At Cambie, soon to Commercial)

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Goodbye Christopher Robin – Nice little bio-pic of author A.A. Milne and his most famous creation Winnie the Pooh, who was inspired by his son Chris Robin. Looks very nice.

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LBJ – Woody Harrelson steps into the sweaty loafers (and waxy-looking head judging by the box art) of one of America’s presidents for this bio-pic.

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Murder on the Orient Express – Yet another retelling of the famous murder mystery with the likes of Kenneth Branagh, Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Willam Dafoe, Daisy Ridley and many other human actors. (At Cambie, soon to Commercial)

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Taboo – Cool-looking mini-series starring Tom Hardy as an adventurer returning to London during the War of 1812 to rebuild his father’s shipping business. I’m sure it’s far better than I just made it sound.

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – The great Frances McDormand is an angry mom who erects 3 billboards in her hometown to protest the lack of results the lame-ass police have come up with in the tragic murder of her daughter. Number one on my must-see list! (At Cambie, soon to Commercial)

Hopefully Arriving Soon!

Ladybird
Crooked House
Mom and Dad
Bullet Head
Wonder Wheel
Justice League
Thor: Ragnarok
Man Who Invented Christmas

Need some suggestions on what to watch? Check out this here list for recent stuff we’ve enjoyed.

Psst…hey buddy want to buy some dirty movies?? I hate to say it but in that collection we acquired recently was a bunch of X-rated DVDs. I’m not too sure what to do with them but if anyone wants to buy them, we have 3 bags of approx 15 DVDs in each bag at the Commercial store. $25 each. No exchanges. No questions asked. Don’t tell my mom.

That’s it for this week, y’all. Stay warm. Stay happy. Keep watching.

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Black Dog Video Newsletter: February 13-19 “Big Day Edition!”

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So as I’m sure that you’ve heard, this Thursday, the 15th, we’ll be hosting another really big DVD Sale at the Commercial location. Should be pretty swell (see photo at the end of this missive for a tiny taste of what’s being served). Thousands of DVDs will be up for grabs with prices starting at a paltry $5. You pay cash, we cover the tax. Debit and Credit cards will be welcome but subject to that awful tax. We will be closing the shop on Commercial at 8pm to get it all gussied up for you.

Also, you may have noticed that we’re not getting our New Releases on the same day as we used to before. A new system implemented by my distributor has the movies showing up randomly making this newsletter a bit tricky to produce. It’s a pain in the ass but my options are quite limited. But we’ll be alright.

New Releases Expected This Week!

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Blade of the Immortal – Takeshi Miike’s 100th film (or so they say) finds an immortal swordsman out to help a young girl avenge the murder of her parents. Good sword action with a nice high body count.

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Daddy’s Home 2 – Mad Mel Gibson and John Lithgow join Will Farrell and Marky Mark for more wacky (re: lame) hijinks.

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The Florida Project – One of the year’s best films – 2017 being the year in question – finds precocious six year-old Moonee hanging out at her motel with Willam Dafoe and other miscreants all under the looming dreadful shadow of Disney World.

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The Girl Without Hands – Cool looking animated tale of a girl sold to the Devil who escapes his (or her) evil clutches but without her hands (see title).

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LBJ – Woody Harrelson steps into the loafers (and waxy-looking head judging by the box art) of one of America’s presidents for this bio-pic.

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My Neighbours the Yamadas – Nicely animated Japanese film about a typical Japanese family doing typical Japanese things.

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Patti Cake$ – Well-received independent little number about a rapper on a quest for glory in her hometown in New Jersey. Jersey glory, the best kind of glory.

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Ray Donovan Season 5 – Season 5 of Ray Donovan, tough guy.

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Same Kind of Different As Me – Hmmm, not too sure why I ordered this one. Drama about a guy who has to befriend a dangerous hobo in order to save his marriage for some reason. I’m sure that someone out there will like this. Maybe it’s you?

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The Square – Comedy drama from the fella that made Force Majeure about an art curator who is stressed out setting up a controversial exhibit. Stars the awesome Elizabeth Moss and other actors.

Hopefully Coming Real Soon!

Mom and Dad
Coco
Murder on the Orient Express
The Darkest Hour
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri
Blue Planet II
Wonder Wheel

Keep an eye out for a little fun thing that we’re going to implement soon at the stores – The Mystery Bag! Details coming soon…

Have a great week everyone, hope to see many of you tomorrow night at the Commercial store! Remember if you’re renting, get there before 8pm!

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Black Dog Newsletter February 7 – 13 “Vancouver Makes Me Sad Edition”

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I really don’t like the way Vancouver is heading (I’m sure I’m not alone) with all the cool, interesting places disappearing so quickly. Case in point – say good-bye to the tasty little Pronto restaurant on Cambie St. The lovely art deco building will be destroyed soon to be replaced with, sigh, condos with a dentist office on the ground floor. How exciting! But what really boils my potatoes is the potential loss of the RIO Theatre. It’s on the market and I doubt very much that whoever buys it will keep it as it is (petition here!). What’s going to happen when all the neat places are gone – businesses that make a city worth living in – are gone and all we are left with is coffee shops, pizza slice joints and dentist offices?

That said, we’re still here! It’s a Christmas miracle some might say. All thanks to you wonderful folks! We’re very happy to be here and happy to remind you of our big BIG Sale at the Commercial Store next Thur. Gonna be epic. Hope that you can make it. February 15th from 9-11pm. Bring cash and we pay the tax!

New Releases!

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All I See is You – Blind woman gets her sight back but then doesn’t like what she sees. What is it? What does she see? Bears? Condos? An ugly husband? You decide! (At Cambie tomorrow)

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Broad City Season 4 – This is a very funny show.

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The Deuce Season 1 – Excellent new series from the fella who created The Wire about NY City in the 1970’s and all the porn and prostitution that was seedying up the joint. (At Cambie tomorrow)

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Last Flag Flying – Kind of a maybe but not really but might be sequel to The Last Detail. Steve Carrell (not funny here) Breaking Bad and Larry Fishburne, all old army buddies, reunite to bury one of their sons who was killed overseas. Richard Linklater directs this tight little drama.

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Professor Marsden and The Wonder Women – Sexy tale of Professor Marsden and his wife and his mistress and the inspiration he got from them to create Wonder Woman!

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Roman J. Israel Esq. – Is it a movie about Romans? The Middle East? Esquire magazine? Smoking J’s? I just don’t know what’s going on anymore. Stars Denzel as all of those words!.

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Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World – Excellent doc about Native Americans and their rock and role in American (and Canadian) music. Check it out!

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The Sinner Season 1 – Spooky odd sounding show finds Jessica Biel trying to figure out what is causing all these terribly violent episodes that she keeps having. Colour me intrigued!

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Victor Crowley – Kane Hodder is back in old Victor Crowley’s gross dirty shoes as he’s somehow resurrected and then, of course, goes on a murderous rampage. This is the 4th movie in the Hatchet series. I’ve seen the first 3. I will watch this one. I have no shame.

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Wonder – Nice heartwarming tear-jerker (it’ll jerk those tears right out of your eye holes) about a kid with a messed-up face who braves the public school system.

Coming Soon!

The Square
Tom of Finland
LBJ
Taboo Season 1
Blade of the Immortal
Florida Project
Mom and Dad

In case you need a taste of what we have for sale next Thursday, lick your chops and gaze upon these!

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Stay real, Vancouver.

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Black Dog Newsletter January 30 – Feb 6 “Crazy DVD Sale II: The Sequel Edition!”

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Check out this nifty poster the lovely and talented, RJ, made for the big sale coming up in two weeks! For those of you you can’t see it, here’s the deets: Thursday February 15th, 9 – 11pm at the Commercial Black Dog (we’ll be closing that location at 8pm so prepare accordingly). We have thousands of amazing DVDs we picked up from a private collection. Many are still in their tight little wrappers! If you’re a collector or just want to get some cool things, drop on by. Classics, noirs, musicals, British – so much British – smut, Criterion, space erotica, general releases, foreign, Box Sets, cult, TV series and more! We like cash. We like it so much if you pay in cash, we’ll cover the tax. Credit cards and debit accepted as well but you’re on the hook for the tax. Should be fun!

Pretty light week for releases – I’ve had some issues with my lame distributor – and some things got delayed. But we should be on track, hopefully, by next week. Sorry about the inconvenience.

New Releases!

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Bad Moms Christmas – The bad mothers from the first Bad Moms movie are back at it – being bad moms and all getting into all sorts of wacky hi-jinks! But at Christmas! Let the hilarity ensue. (At Commercial, soon to Cambie)

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Lucky – The description tells us this is a spiritual journey of a 90 year-old atheist. It’s also the late-great Harry Dean Stanton’s final performance. Spend a little time with HDS as he shambles about hanging around with his buds, David Lynch, Ed Begley Jr, Tom Skerritt and a host of others.

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Suburbicon – Weird-looking comedy/drama/social satire from director, George Clooney, finds a befuddled, Matt Damon, (MATT DAMON!! – never gets old) living in an all-white community in 1959 when a black family movies in upsetting the racist apple-cart. (At Commercial, soon to Cambie)

Coming Soon!

The Deuce Season 1
The Square
Baskets Season 1
Professor Marsden and the Wonder Women
Last Flag Flying
Ray Donovan Season 5
Tom of Finland
All I See is You

Hungry? Well, here’s a little taste of what’s up for grabs in a couple of weeks at the BIG SALE!

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Stay golden, Vancouver.

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Black Dog Video Newsletter January 23- 29 “It’s a Date Edition!”

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Alright, everyone can exhale – we’ve set a date for our bigger than big sale! Mark on your calendars, your arms, your forehead (you’ll have to write it backwards) or your kids forehead Thursday February the 15th is when it will all go down. I’m thinking it will be after we close in the evening – from 10pm to midnight. We’re also trying to devise ways to make it easier for everyone as the last time it was an insane insanity. There will be more details to follow about what kind of things we have to offer (check out the above photo for an idea) but think Box Sets, British, Classics, Cult, Smut, Musicals and everything in between.

New Releases!

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Beyond Skyline – Why they made a sequel to the tepid Skyline is beyond me. Get it, BEYOND me? Anyways, the trailer for this made it look like it might be trashy fun. And it has Frank Grillo!

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Chasing the Dragon – The amazing Donnie Yen is Crippled Ho, an illegal immigrant form Mainland China who sneaks into Hong Kong in 1963 and then rises to the top of the underworld. This. Looks. Cool.

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The Foreigner – Jackie Chan’s daughter is killed by a terrorist so he takes it upon himself to seek vengeance. And vengeance he does seek!

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Happy Death Day – It’s a horror version of Groundhog Day! A girl is forced to relive her murder until she figures out who dunnit. I can get behind this one.

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Jigsaw – A man buys a new saw and makes a nice table. I think that’s what this is about. Either that or it’s another instalment in the tired Saw franchise. You decide!

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Killing of a Sacred Deer – One of my favourite films of 2017 finds Dr. Colin Farrell being befriended by a boy with whom he shares a tragic past. What happens after that I won’t tell but I will say if you liked The Lobster and Dogtooth, you’ll enjoy this one as well.

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My Entire High School is Sinking into the Sea – Best name for a movie, or anything really, in quite a long while. Cool sounding animated feature finds, well, a high school sinking into the sea following a big earthquake. Could, and almost did, happen here!

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The Snowman – I may have to watch this one just from the preposterous description – Detective Harry Hole (!) investigates the case of a missing woman who’s scarf was found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman. How could this be anything but so-bad-it’s-good? And sheesh, whatever happened to you, Michael Fassbender?

Coming Soon!

Bad Moms Christmas
Last Flag Flying
The Deuce Season 1
Goodbye Christopher Robin
The Square
Ray Donovan Season 5

Hey! We just got some cool new swag into the stores. Check out this nifty photo.

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Stay dry. Stay safe, Vancouver. Talk at you next week!

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Black Dog Newsletter January 16-22nd “Party-Time Edition”

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We’re going to be closing early this Sunday night – 9pm to be exact – so the staff can have a little respite from the madness and enjoy a beer or two at the Black Dog Christmas party. Everyone worked hard and they deserve a little something something for doing such a great job in 2017. Here’s to them!

I’ve been sifting through the mania that is the piles and piles of DVDs we just picked up in preparation for the big sale. Date is still to be announced so stay tuned, man. Here’s a photo of my cat helping out.

New Releases!

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Brad’s Status – Fine little comedy drama from the amazing Mike White that has, for better or for worse, Ben Stiller, as a dad who takes his sprog on a tour of colleges where he meets up with an old friend who makes him feel inferior about his life choices. Hilarity and soul-searching, I presume, ensue.

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Dawson City: Frozen Time – Amazing doc about, yes, Dawson City, Yukon, and the treasure of buried films that was found in the permafrost back in the late 70’s. Never heard of this interesting-looking doc until it started popping up on a lot of year-end best of lists. Might be worth a peek.

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Geostorm – Gerald Butler continues his string of lame action films with this one about satellites that control the earth’s weather and, for some reason, they decide to attack the earth. Can GB save the day before some nasty weather ruins the world? Idea possibly stolen from a friend of mine who had a similar concept for a movie called Storm Planet! You decide!

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Lost in Paris – Fine French comedy about a woman who visits her aunt in Paris and the homeless guy who isn’t afraid to tell it like it is. Looks good, oui?

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The Tiger Hunter – Nice-looking culture clash comedy about a dude who arrives in NY from India in the 1970’s. No tigers were hunted or harmed in the movie. Probably.

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Tulip Fever – Sexy costume drama finds Alicia Vikander unhappily married to Christoph Waltz. He commissions a portrait to be painted of her but, unbeknownst to him, she has a steamy affair with Dean DeHaan. All this takes place during the famed tulip mania in 17th century Amsterdam. You remember that, right?

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The Untamed – Strange sexy horror film from Mexico finds an unhappy couple finding a meteorite in the woods that piloted by a weird sex monster. Yes please!

Coming Soon!

The Foreigner
Bullet Head
Happy Death Day
The Snowman
Beyond Skyline
Jigsaw
Killing of a Sacred Deer
My Entire High School is Sinking into the Sea

And conitinuing on with the staff’s year-end picks of the year, here’s RJ with his controversial list…

So my faves from the last year are not in a particular order as I I’m trying to get away from numbered lists and have no preferential order.

TWIN PEAKS : THE RETURN: David Lynch’s masterwork is So large and complex it needs Coles notes but it’s So engrossing and original nothing can compare. This truly is peak TV.

BIG LITTLE LIES: All star cast and a promising French Canadian director team up for the perfect mix of drama and hints of comedy. Great soundtrack, gorgeous aesthetic and highly entertaining.

BEATRIZ AT DINNER: Mike White picks up where he left off on Enlightened and gives us a haunting “comedy ” that looks directly into the eye of the sourness in the heart of greed and human apathy. Beautifully layered and poetic at times. There’s a lot going on here even though it may seem straightforward. Selma Hayek gives a mighty fine performance too.

BETTER THINGS: Break out dramedy from the highly talented Pamela Adlon. This show feels real and hits so many chords it makes you wonder why Adlon isn’t a household name. Full of intelligent emotional insight this show makes you wish it never ends.

HAPPY END: Michael Haneke returns to familiar ground but with a new twist! He has made the blackest of comedies. A sort of sequel to his last film, he takes skewering human faults to new comedic levels.

FACES/PLACES: Agnes Varda teams up with visual artist JR for one hell of a road trip documentary. A great reminder of how art can touch anyone anywhere and put a smile on their face. Charming and touching stuff.

THE OTHER SIDE: Roberto Minervini’s rabbit hole documentary goes deep inside an America you should be scared of with surprising results. Full of serene moments juxtaposed against appalling conditions, this documentary will change the way you might feel about America.

LEFTOVERS S3: This severely under-watched show has managed to go deeper into profound human issues than most shows ever will. Damon Lindleof and writer Tom Perotta have more than proved they can take TV to new heights of emotional honesty and perpetually engaging ambiguity. Every episode feels like a serious journey.
One of my favourite series of all time.

SUMMER 1993: I’m a sucker for coming of age stories and this is one of the best in many years. Set in the year in the title, a 6 year old girl (Frida) is orphaned by her parents who are dying of AIDS in a time when fear was still rampant about said disease. Told from the perspective of Frida as she must relocate to an idyllic farm in the country owned by her aunt and uncle, she must not only deal with a new life but also the stigma surrounding the death of her parents and just being a kid. Laia Artigas who plays Frida is stellar and gives an amazing performance.

BASKETS: Zach Galifinakis’ clown/family dramedy is so pitch perfect he takes oddball comedy to new heights as he lets Louie Anderson steal the show once again as his mom. Its very hard to describe this show to people but its really good. Hilarious and emotionally aware.

The biggest disappointments and turds for me were…

ALIEN COVENANT: or in other words how to ruin my hopes of ever having a good alien film again. Apparently no one in Hollywood can write a good script in the Alien universe..

MOTHER: like we need any more bible movies

TRANSFORMERS THE LAST KNIGHT: a 2 hour plus Marky Mark video written by a 9 year old with a boner for robots

BAYWATCH: more flesh than a porn parody with none of the payoff or laughs

And last but not at all least, Dylan chimes in with what he liked…

10. AMERICAN MADE. Loosely based on actual events, the story of an American Airlines pilot recruited to run guns for the CIA in the 1980’s is tremendously entertaining. This movie suffered from anti-Cruise backlash following The Mummy. But anyone who’s seen Edge of Tomorrow knows Doug Liman knows exactly how to use The Cruise.

9. RUMBLE: INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD. My favourite doc of the year highlights the influence of Native American traditions in forming Rock n Roll. I should have known about all of this this already. Thanks to this excellent doc a whole new world of appreciation has opened up to me.

8. BRIGSBY BEAR. The less you know about this one, the better. Full of surprises, heart, comedy and childlike fun. Watch this one if you want to be happy tonight..

7. LOGAN. The most game changing film in the superhero genre since The Dark Knight. In an increasing tired genre, a breath of fresh air, even if it is bleak as all hell.

6. COCO. It’s Pixar, and it’s great even by their standards. This isn’t a movie, it’s a celebration of life, family, inspiration and even mortality.

5. BLADE RUNNER 2049. I hated the very idea of this. And then I saw it. It’s a fucking masterpiece. It may even surpass the original, which seems like cinema sacrilege to say. But it’s true.

4. T2: TRAINSPOTTING. No movie this year had me as edgy leading up to its release. But It wasn’t only as good as the iconic original, but was the only logical way a sequel could have panned out for these characters I grew up with. Perfection. The 90’s thanks you, Danny Boyle.

3. THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI. The best black comedy in years features career best performances from Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell playing against type and absolutely owning it. Martin McDonagh’s dialogue shines in the mouths of these actors. Sweating has never sounded so elegant.

2. I, DANIEL BLAKE. Ken Loach’s dissection of institutionalized poverty in Northern England could have easily wound up cloying, sentimental or just plain depressing. Instead, this story of the friendship between an out of work contractor and a single mother is the most human film I’ve seen in years. Building up to one man’s simple, elegant and powerful act of protest. Devastating, non-flashy filmmaking.

1. THE BREADWINNER. Spectacular, heartwarming, terrifying, infuriating, and funny. I cannot remember the last time I was this moved by a film. Never have I seen a movie that so effectively communicated the terror women must feel at the hands of men every minute of every day. In part an inspirational family tale, scathing social critique and a marvelous, colourful fantasy. This one left me in tears and I can’t recommend it strongly enough.

Honourable mentions go to INGRID GOES WEST, THE BAD BATCH, COLOSSAL and MY FRIEND DAHMER.

2017 was a Hell of a year and it was refreshing to see how many indy flicks flourished and how many tentpole pictures tanked. High hopes for 2018.

That’s it for this week folks. Thanks for reading all of this!

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Black Dog Newsletter January 9-15 “Ch-Changes Edition!”

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Not a big week for New Releases, save for a certain sci-fi blockbuster, but there’s some news thingies I should fill you in on. The lovely and talented Dylan will be leaving us at the end of the month to pursue his dreams of becoming a lion tamer or running his own adult diaper cleaning service or something. While it’s sad to see him go we wish him all the best in his future endeavours. He’ll always be part of the Black Dog family as we are like the mafia, once you’re in, there’s no getting out.

As you can tell by the photo, my dining room is a mess! Why is it a mess and why am I telling you it’s a mess, you ask? Well, all of those boxes and piles of stuff are DVDs! We just acquired a rather large collection and after we’re done sorting and pricing them, we’re going to have a big big sale! It will be sometime in February. Details to follow.

At the bottom of this missive you can find the lists of our favourite films of the year! Please enjoy responsibly.

New Releases!

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Blade Runner 2049 – Pretty darned good sequel, especially in the cinematography and sound design departments, to The Blade Runner of yore. Canada’s own baby goose, Ryan Gosling, is out to track down retired Blade Runner, Han Solo, to find out what’s going on.

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Comet – Romantic time-jumping drama from the writer director of Mr. Robot. Sadly there are no robots in this movie.

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Loving Vincent – Beautiful oil painted film about the final days of Vince Van Gogh. Looks very nice.

Coming Soon

Brad’s Status
Tiger Hunter
Dawson City: Frozen Time
Rumble
Lost in Paris

As promised, here’s some of the staff’s picks for our favourite films and what not of the year.

I’ll go first!

I, Daniel Blake
mother!
The Greasy Strangler
Get Out
Wind River
Atomic Blonde
Killing of a Sacred Deer
Good Time
Brawl in Cell Block 99
The Villianess

These are my top ten, if you care to check it out I have a bit of a longer list here.

And some TV that I quite liked..

Twin Peaks
The Leftovers
Big Little Lies
The Fall
Game of Thrones
Master of None
Stranger Things
Mindhunter
The Crown

Avash is up next!

John Wick 2
A strangely surreal follow-up to my favourite movie of 2014, John Wick 2 builds upon the world-building of the first movie while adding in an absurd comic sensibility; infinitely spawning bumper car taxis, an endless flight of stairs, a final action scene that takes place in an art exhibition centered around mirrors and reflections.

Raw
This isn’t a horror film, this is just how French people are. Don’t watch while eating.

Brawl in Cell Block 99
Craig Zahler’s follow-up to Bone Tomahawk has a John Cassavete’s inspired scene in which Vince Vaughn delivers a melancholy and touching monologue about skim milk, and he also decapitates a guy with a toilet.

American Gods Season 1
I will watch anything Brian Fuller directs. Terrific performances from Ian McShane, Peter Stormare, and the inimitable Gillian Anderson.

Legion Season 1
Honestly worth it just for the Aubrey Plaza musical sequence.

And Josie chimes in.

Three movies I liked, but not as much as I had hoped to like, going in.

Wonder Woman
Logan
Guardians Of the Galaxy 2

Best artsy fartsy actual pieces of cinema that I saw in 2017,

Embrace of The Serpent.
mother!
Good Time
I, Daniel Blake
Lady MacBeth

TV.
Top of the Lake
Better Call Saul
Twin Peaks
The Expanse
Animal Kingdom

We’ll have a couple of more Black Dogger’s lists next week.

That’s it for this week, folks.

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Black Dog Video Newsletter January 2 – 6th “It’s a New Year Dawning Edition!”

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Well, the year widely known as 2017 is in the books. Many are wont to say it was a terrible year what with the orange despot down south doing his best to ruin the planet and such. I’m not going to get all political up in your face with this edition as that’s not our jam. I just wanted to say that I hope y’all had a swell holiday and also thanks to everyone who continues to support what we do. We can’t do it without you fine folks! We had some scares and almost closed down one of the stores this past year but after much planning, lots of hard work, wrestling with stress and anxiety and bears, we decided to “see what happens”. And what happened was astounding! We had a nice rebound fall which carried on into winter. It’s remarkable to me that we can still do this. I’m hoping to say these same words to you a year from now. Peace.

New Releases

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American Made – Doug Liman (Go, Edge of Tomorrow) directs Tom Cruise (Days of Thunder, Legend) in this true tale of a CIA dude who ran secret drugs (mmmm, secret drugs) that would later be exposed as the Iran/Contra affair. Heard this is a pretty good time.

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Battle of the Sexes – Emma Stone plays Billie Jean King in 1973 as she goes head to head against dirt-bag Bobby Riggs in the famed tennis match.

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IT – The best “murderous clown who lives in the sewers and eats children” movie to come out in 2017.

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Mark Felt: The Man who Brought Down the White House – Liam Neeson plays the titular fellow, AKA Deep Throat, in this tense drama about, well you know what Deep Throat did. No, not that Deep Throat, perverts.

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My Little Pony Movie – It’s the My Little Pony Movie! Lots of colourful colours to make the brony in your life happy.

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November Criminals – Crime thriller finds Ansel Elgort (love that name!) and Hit-Girl investigating a murder for some reason. A murder most foul!

 

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Shameless Season 7 – Season 7 of Shameless.

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Top of The Lake: China Girl – Season 2 or a sequel, if you will, to the excellent cop drama from a few years ago.

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Trip to Spain – The boys (Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon) take their love of food and impersonations to the eateries of Spain. Hilarity, I presume, ensues.

Coming Soon!

Blade Runner 2049
Loving Vincent
Happy Death Day
The Snowman

There’s a few big things on the horizon here at ye olde Black Dogge! We’re frantically putting together our lists for best of the year, the podcast is almost ready to go and there might just be a big announcement in the next week or so (don’t worry it’s good news)…

Stay tuned.

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Black Dog Video Newsletter December 19-25 “Winter is Here Edition!”

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It’s less than a week until the only day of the year that we’re closed! We’ll be open Noon until 6pm on Sunday (Christmas Eve) and closed on Christmas Day. Make your plans accordingly. And of course, don’t forget to shamble on down to the stores, not only to get some fine films, but to grab some lovely gifts for the ones you love or your family. We’ve got gift certificates, hoodies, t-shirts, Studio Ghibli merch, cool mugs and lunch boxes, other stuff! I’m still debating whether or not to do a newsletter next week, but if one doesn’t show up, please don’t freak out.

New Releases!

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Brawl in Cell Block 99 – Vince Vaughn must fight his way through a bunch of tough guys in prison for some reason. From the fella who brought you the amazing and brutal Bone Tomahawk. I cannot wait to see this!

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Dunkirk – Chris Nolan (Memento) takes his fine cinematic eye to the beaches of Dunkirk for this 3/4s amazing movie. Thousands of British soldiers are trapped on the beach as the Nazi’s approach to kill them all. It’s up to regular folk and their regular boats to rescue them. It’s a pretty riveting film for most of the running time but it falters, like most of Nolan’s films, (in my opinion) near the end. I won’t give away any spoilers except to say that the Allies won the war and the Nazi’s lost.

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Jeepers Creepers 3 – Supposed horror movie about a scarecrow or something that eats people. Seems they’ll make a horror movie about anything these days. What’s next, a killer snowman? Oh wait, that’s been done. Maybe a bed that eats people? Seen it. Killer tires? Yep. Possessed hair extensions? Who knew? Zombie beavers? Sigh.

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Leatherface – Be there when little Leatherface gets his fist chainsaw! Share the precious moments with him as he fashions his first mask made out of human skin. Awww. They grow up so fast! I guess when you’re born with the name “Leatherface” your lot in life is pretty much laid out for you. Directed, for some reason, by the folks that made the outstanding French horror film, Inside.

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Lego Ninjago Movie – Fun Lego commercial, er, I mean movie! If you liked the others ones (I did) you’ll enjoy this one as well.

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Mayhem – A virus infects a bunch of white collar workers in a working building (offices I think they’re called) causing them to act out on their worst impulses! A cautionary tale on the inherent dangers of the corporate world and it’s eats dog eat dog nature or a fun excuse to create some on-screen bloodletting and craziness? You decide. DECIDE! (Blu Ray is here, DVD should be arriving this week)

Coming Soon!

Hello Destroyer
Flatliners
Breathe
Killing Gunther
Coming Through the Rye
Battle of the Sexes
It
Mountain Between Us
American Made
Brad’s Status

We’ve been getting a lot of calls about folks wanting to get rid of their DVD collections. We do accept donations, of course, and we also are willing to pay a modest sum for select DVDs. If you want to declutter your home and have any cult, horror, classics or Criterions, we’re happy to help you out.

Hey, it snowed today. Cool. I hope that everyone has a really swell holiday – make merry, be kind, be safe. See you soon!

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Black Dog Newsletter December 12-18 “It’s Almost Here Edition!”

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Yes, that’s right it’s almost here! Our podcast! You thought I was talking about Christmas, didn’t you? We’ll that’s almost here as well. But more importantly, we here at Black Dog laboratories have been working hard on a fun movie podcast I’m sure (well, hope) that you’ll enjoy. We’ve experienced some technical difficulties but we should have 3 episodes ready for your ears by next Friday (the 22nd) including a special Christmas themed extravaganza.

New Releases

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Game of Thrones Season 7 – The latest season of this fine show, now with more dragons! More snow zombies or whatever they’re supposed to be! More incest! More everything!

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Killing Heydrich – Second film this year that details the assassination attempt of that ghoul, Heydrich, and the consequences that followed.

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The Kingsmen: The Golden Circle – Tepid sequel to the fun original flick from 3 years ago finds the Kingsmen, whose headquarters have been destroyed, heading to America to hang out with Channing Potatoman, Elton John and some cowboys/spies.

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Mother! – One of my most anticipated films of the year (can’t believe I still haven’t seen it!) finds Jennifer Lawrence (J-Law) and Javier Bardem (Jav-Bard) living a nice tranquil life but then some people show up and won’t leave or something like that. Think maybe Rosemary’s Baby or maybe Transformers 2 (probably not Transformers) or something along those lines.

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Stronger – Jake Gyllenhall gets his legs blown off during the Boston Marathon (by a bomb). His story of recovery inspires a nation. Interesting fact – Gyllenhall actually had his legs removed for the film (that’s some method acting). They eventually grew back.

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Victoria and Abdul – “Hmmm, who can we get to play an elderly Queen Victoria? What about Helen Mirren? Too busy. What about Meryl Streep? Too American. What about Shaq? Ummm…What about Dame Judi Dench? It’s been a few months since she’s played a queen, right? Sold!”

Coming Soon!

Dunkirk
Lego Ninjago Movie
Top of the Lake: China Girl
The Trip to Spain
Leatherface
The Mountain Between Us
Flatliners

And of course it would be wrong of me not to mention all the fine things that are available for your Christmas gift giving and stocking stuffing. Check out our page here to see what’s what. Stuff is going fairly quickly so act now!

Have a good week, drop into Bomber Brewing this Monday for cheap beers and a free showing of Home Alone! Ciao, bella.

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